Guided Excursions

A variety of tours and excursions have been organised for APOS delegates. Join in one of the suggested tours below, or explore Auckland on your own. Tours listed below will be available to book during registration.
*All prices are provided in NZD and inclusive of GST


Prior to the conference and during the conference if you need assistance with planning and booking pre and post congress tours and or local sightseeing tours then please contact Sharron Hickman at or phone +64 0274732934    Sharron and her colleague will operate a sightseeing and tour desk, located close to the registration desk at the conference venue for the same hours that the registration desk is open.   Please visit with Sharron and her colleague, at their desk, to plan and book sightseeing and touring options.   They look forward to meeting you in New Zealand.

Waitomo Caves and Rotorua Day Tour

  • $357 per person
  • 7:00 am – 8:15 pm
  • Monday, 18 November & Saturday, 23 November

A day trip to visit the world famous Waitomo limestone formations and cave systems to see the shimmering lights of thousands of tiny glow worms. In Rotorua learn about sheep shearing and farming at the Agrodome sheep and farm show followed by a tour of a working farm. Drive along the foreshore of Lake Rotorua and through the beautiful and historic Government Gardens. At Te Puia enjoy a Maori cultural performance and view boiling mud pools, hot springs and magnificent geysers.

$357 per person includes hotel pickups and drop offs, road transport, driver / guide, morning tea, guided tour of Waitomo Caves, light lunch, Agrodome sheep show, Agrodome farm tour, Te Puia Maori cultural performance, guided tour of Te Puia, and an evening snack.


Join a day trip to the largest green movie set in the world, just 2 hours south of Auckland!

  • $305 per person
  • 7:00 am – 3:15 pm
  • Monday, 18 November & Saturday, 23 November

Visit this real movie set as seen in the Academy Award Winning “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit”. Discover the magic of Middle Earth during the fascinating guided tour of this movie set.Be awed by the party Tree, Bilbo’s home “Bag End”, the 44 Hobbit Holes in the Shire and the Green Dragon Inn.Enjoy a  drink in the Green Dragon Inn followed by a sumptuous buffet lunch.This will be a tour to remember!

$305.00 per person includes hotel pickups and drop offs, road transport, driver / guide, guided tour of Hobbiton movie set, a drink at the Green Dragon Inn and a buffet lunch.

Auckland Exploration Day

A chance to visit four iconic Auckland attractions in a day.

  • $140 per person
  • 9:45 am – 5:15 pm
  • Monday, 18 November & Saturday, 23 November

Accompanied by a tour guide enjoy a guided tour and free time at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki which is the principal public gallery in Auckland, New Zealand, and has the most extensive collection of national and international art in New Zealand.  Then discover a wonderful peaceful sanctuary in the heart of Auckland – Eden Garden. Wander through the 5.5 acre award-winning garden on the side of Mt Eden. Explore the many plant collections including perennials, vireyas, camellias, bromeliads and native New Zealand plants. There’s always something in bloom. Enjoy the waterfalls, rock formations, resident native birds and fabulous city and harbour views. Cafe style lunch at Eden Garden.

Mt Eden (Maungawhau) is one of the most prominent volcanic cones in the Auckland region and offers simply stunning views over the city and harbour. The summit of Mt Eden rises 196 metres or 643 feet above sea level. On a clear day, you can see many of Auckland’s popular attractions including the Sky Tower, the Auckland Harbour Bridge, the Waitakere Ranges and out to Rangitoto Island. There is no vehicle access to the summit of Mount Eden, but you can walk to the top from where the bus will stop. The walk is approximately 300 metres long and will take around 10 minutes each way.  At the top, you’ll find amazing views over Auckland, and the impressive bowl-shaped crater of the volcano, which is 50 metres or 164 feet deep. Please be aware that the climb is quite steep and requires a moderate level of fitness, and there is no shelter at the top.

To finish the day enjoy a guided tour and free time at Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira which is one of New Zealand’s most important museums and war memorials. Its collections concentrate on New Zealand history, natural history and military history.

$140.00 per person includes tour guide, road transport, driver / guide, entry to and guided tour of Auckland Art Gallery, entry to Eden Garden, lunch at Eden Garden cafe, entry and guided tour of Auckland War Memorial Museum, bottled water.

Island Paradise – Waiheke Island with Wine Tasting

Sightseeing Tour, Wine, Beer and Olive Oil tasting

  • $195 per person
  • 9:15 am – 5:15 pm
  • Offered Monday, 18 November and Saturday, 23 November

On arrival at Waiheke Island guests will be met and taken on a tour of Waiheke Island including wine tastings at two wineries, beer tastings, olive oil presentation and tastings, walk on the beach at Onetangi Beach and a scenic tour of the island. When Aucklander’s talk of an island paradise they are referring to Waiheke Island which is 35 minutes by ferry from downtown Auckland. With a permanent population of around 9,000 people Waiheke Island is home to over 30 wineries, along with olive groves and dozens of local and internationally renowned artists.  On this picturesque island there is a blend of farmland, forest and stunning beaches. With hot, dry summers and stony soils, Waiheke wineries produce unique, high quality wines based on cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec, cabernet franc and the recent move into chardonnay grape varieties.

$195.00 per person includes tour escort, coach transport from conference venue to Auckland ferry terminal, round trip ferry tickets, road transport and driver / guide on Waiheke Island, wine tastings at two wineries, beer tastings, olive oil presentation and tastings.

*Participants may choose to take a later sailing back to Auckland to enjoy dinner on Waiheke Island once the excursion has finished

West Auckland – Muriwai Beach

Sightseeing tour, Muriwai Beach and beer tastings.

  • $110 per person
  • 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Offered Monday, 18 November and Saturday, 23 November

42 kilometres west of Auckland city centre is Muriwai Beach. About 1,100 people live at this beach which is located at the southern end of an unbroken 50 kilometre stretch of beach which extends up the Tasman Sea coach to the mouth of the Kaipara Harbour. Sand and rock (sedimentary), older volcanic material, with many concretions and layers in the cliff walls. A blowhole plays often. The shore platform is also well jointed, with the main rock type being piha conglomerate. Muriwai Beach has black sand, caused by the iron content derived from the ancient volcanoes in the area, including the large “Kaipara Volcano” which was situated offshore from the Kaipara Heads, and erupted 23-16 million years ago. The black sand is moved up the west coast of the North Island by long-shore drift. The area has retained much of its natural beauty and isolation.

Pastimes enjoyed at and close to Muriwai Beach include paragliding, hang gliding, fishing, bush walking, driving along the beach, surfing, sand yachting, mountain biking, horse riding and golf. The beach was used extensively for motor racing from the 1920’s through to the 1940’s. Walking track leads to a viewing platform right above the mainland gannet colony area. Out to sea, the colony continues on two vertical-sided islands. About 1,200 pairs of gannets nest here from August to March each year. There will be free time at Muriwai Beach to walk on the beach and explore the walking tracks etc. before visiting Hallertau for craft beer tastings. Beers made with yeast , rainwater and fistfuls of hops are combined to make outstanding craft beers at Hallertau.

$110.00 per person includes tour escort, road transport and driver / guide, Auckland Regional Council permit for access to Muriwai Beach, beer tastings.

Waterfront Guided E-Bike Ride

Approximately 3 hours biking and sightseeing. Easy ride suited to all ages and abilities

  • $175 per person
  • 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Offered Monday, 18 November and Saturday, 23 November

The Auckland waterfront bike ride route heads east past Queens Wharf, Ports of Auckland, Okahu Bay, Kelly Tarlton’s and Sir Michael Joseph Savage Memorial before arriving at Mission Bay – a beautiful golden sand beach with safe swimming and stunning harbour views.

$175.00 per person includes transfer from conference venue to bike tour headquarters, biking guide (1 biking guide per 10 bikers), bike hire, helmet, snack food, and bottled water .

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